Policies and FAQs
Do students need to attend academic advising?
- Academic advising is strongly encouraged at least once a quarter. This will help you track degree-progress and ensure a timely and successful graduation.
Normal Progress and Probation
What is considered "Normal Progress" or "Good Standing"?
- To maintain "good standing" a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; making "normal progress" is completing coursework in order to graduate within the time to degree policy.
What is Academic Contract?
- An academic contract is required of students who are not in good standing and is used as a method of assisting students in achieving success at UCI. Contracts vary from student to student. You are in jeopardy of being placed on an academic contract if you do not maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, 2.0 quarterly GPA, and a 2.0 Public Health GPA.
Please note, summer sessions do not count towards academic probation since they are not full academic quarters.
What happens if I do not meet my contract?
- If you do not meet an Academic Contract, you may be Academically Disqualified from the University, effective the end of the academic quarter designated on your contract. There is an appeal process for students to use in some cases.
Completing Your Degree
What is the expected time-to-degree?
Students in the Public Health Program MUST meet the time to degree policy. Very few exceptions are made.
- Students who entered as freshmen before the 2011-12 academic year may enroll for a maximum of 15 full-time quarters.
- Students who entered as freshmen during the 2011-12 academic year and forward, may enroll for a maximum of 12 full-time quarters or 216 units.
- Transfer students may enroll for a maximum of 9 full-time quarters.
How do I make sure that units transfer from another school?
- If you are transferring courses from a California community college, please visit Assist.org; if you want to ensure a course is transferred from another school other than a California community college, we urge you to make an appointment with a counselor in our office to petition for the course to count. This process requires a syllabus of the course you successfully passed from the other college.
How do I send Official Transcripts to the Program in Public Health?
Students must send Official Transcripts to:
Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools
260 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-1075
Please do not send Official Transcript directly to the Student Affairs Office. This will delay the processing of your Transcripts by one week.
How do I change my major? Where do I find the requirements for changing?
- The change of major requirements are available at: http://www.changeofmajor.uci.edu/
How do I track my degree progress?
- To view your degree progress, we encourage Public Health students to meet with their counselors and check their status online at StudentAccess:http://www.reg.uci.edu/studentaccess/
What are the progress-toward degree policies for the Public Health Program?
Student who entered before the 2011-12 academic year:
- Students entering UCI as freshman are expected to graduate within 5 years or 15 full-time quarters (summers do not count.)
- Students entering UCI as transfer students will be expected to graduate within 3 years of 9 full-time quarters (summers do not count.)
- Students will not be approved for a change of major into the Public Health Program unless they can complete the degree in a total of 5 years at UCI (for students entering UCI as freshmen) and 3 years at UCI (for students transferring to UCI).
- Second majors or minors will not be approved unless the student can complete both majors (and/or minor) in a total of 5 years at UCI (15 quarters for students entering UCI as freshmen) and 3 years at UCI (for students transferring to UCI).
Students who entered during the 2011-12 academic year and forward:
- Students entering UCI as freshman are expected to graduate within 4 years or 12 full-time quarters (summers do not count) or at completion of 216 units.
- Students entering UCI as transfer students will be expected to graduate within 3 years or 9 full-time quarters (summers do not count.)
- Students will not be approved for a change of major into the Public Health Program unless they can complete the degree in a total of 4 years at UCI (for students entering UCI as freshmen) and 3 years at UCI (for students transferring to UCI).
- Second majors or minors will not be approved unless the student can complete both the degree and double major (or minor) in a total of 4 years at UCI (12 quarters for students entering UCI as freshmen) and 3 years at UCI (for students transferring to UCI).
Enrolling in Classes
How many pass/no pass can I have each quarter?
- All Public Health students must take courses required for the Public Health major for a grade. If you would like to take a G.E. course P/NP please meet with a counselor to discuss this further.
I can't add a class in WebReg, what can I do?
- There are several reasons why you may not be able to enroll:
- You do not meet the published prerequisites, or WebReg is unable to recognize that you do meet the prerequisites (common if the prerequisite was taken at another college).
- You do not satisfy one of the restrictions placed on the course. Major and school restrictions are common as are 'NOR' (New-Only Reserved), seats reserved for first time students. Check the comments in WebSOC for details.
- The course is full or it conflicts with another course you are already enrolled in. Look for an alternate time or add yourself to the waitlist. You may also be trying to exceed your approved number of units. Remember WebSOC recognizes your waitlist courses as counting in your unit total. You may have to drop a waitlisted course to add another course.
- In all cases, you can contact the department or school that offers the course for assistance.
If I drop a course, will there be a notation on my transcript?
- If you receive approval to drop a course after the sixth week, you will receive a 'W' (withdrawal) notation on your transcript. There are no exceptions.
Where do I find information about Academic Dishonesty?
- Information regarding Academic Dishonesty is located in the UCI Catalog.
What is considered "Academic Dishonesty"?
There are many forms of Academic Dishonesty, SOME include the following:
- Copying from others during an examination.
- Communicating exam answers with other students during an examination.
- Offering another person's work as one's own.
- Taking an examination for another student or having someone take an examination for oneself.
- Dishonest Conduct
- Stealing or attempting to steal an examination or answer key from the instructor.
- Changing or attempting to change academic records without proper sanction.
- Submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit in more than one course without consulting all instructors involved.
- Forging add/drop/change cards and other enrollment documents, or altering such documents after signatures have been obtained.
- Allowing another student to copy off of one's own work during a test.
Plagiarism is intellectual theft. It means use of the intellectual creations of another without proper attribution. Plagiarism may take two main forms, which are clearly related:
- To steal or pass off as one's own the ideas or words, images, or other creative works of another.
- To use a creative production without crediting the source, even if only minimal information is available to identify it for citation.
*** Please keep in mind, credit must be given for every direct quotation, for paraphrasing or summarizing a work.
What happens to students who are found committing Academic Dishonesty?
- Students who have been found committing Academic Dishonesty may be suspended or disqualified from the university.
Understanding Your Grades
When can I repeat a course?
- A student may repeat any course where a grade of "C-" or below was received. A student may repeat up to 16 units of coursework.
What is the minimum GPA to graduate?
- A student must have a UCI GPA, Major Requirement GPA and a Upper-Division GPA of 2.0.
Adding a Minor
How do I add a Minor?
- A Minor may be added to a student's DegreeWorks if they are in good standing, which means they have at least a 2.0 GPA and are not on academic probation. With the addition of a Minor, only 8 units of overlap are allowed between the major and the minor. If a student has more than one minor, no units of overlap between minors are allowed.